LEWIS HAMILTON WINS FOR MERCEDES USING A ONE-STOP ULTRASOFT-SOFT
STRATEGY WITH TRACK TEMPERATURES IN EXCESS OF 50 DEGREES
ALTERNATIVE SOFT-ULTRASOFT STRATEGY USED BY FERRARI’S
SEBASTIAN VETTEL TO FINISH SECOND FROM FOURTH ON THE GRID
SECOND IN-SEASON TEST OF THE YEAR TAKES PLACE ON TUESDAY
AND WEDNESDAY, WITH TORO ROSSO TESTING FOR PIRELLI
MARIO ISOLA - HEAD OF CAR RACING
“With a wet qualifying session yesterday, the teams had a free choice of slick tyres to start the race, which led to some split strategies. In particular, Vettel went in a different direction from his key rivals, which enabled him to make progress from his grid position, as was the case with Ricciardo as well. The data that the teams collected from Friday was reliable enough to formulate their race strategies, with the track having effectively reset itself after the rain. Consequently, we saw a few different tactics throughout the field, with the teams making good use of all three compounds, which stood up well to track temperatures that were close to the highest we have ever seen”.
BEST TIME BY COMPOUND
LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE
Lewis Hamilton won the race using the optimal one-stop strategy as we predicted, swapping the ultrasoft for the soft at the end of lap 25. His Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas, who eventually finished fifth, used a similar strategy, but with a much longer final stint on soft.